Danse Élargie, 2010
The first Danse Élargie competition took place on June 26 and 27, 2010 at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. The event is the first art competition of its kind in France, conceived as a forum for rising young talent.
An initiative of the Musée de la Danse in Rennes and the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Danse Elargie revives the principle of the Concours Bagnolet, a crucible for much new talent. Support for the project from the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès reflects the Foundation's commitment to the contemporary arts, with organizational back-up and the endowment of all three prizes.
The competition is open to experimental performance artists in all disciplines, from dance to the visual arts, theatre and video. Taking a collective approach, Danse Elargie offers a forum for encounters and exchange between different types of performance, judged by an international jury of performance artists, visual artists, stage directors, actors, musicians and choreographers. Candidates must present a piece lasting at least 10 minutes, involving at least three performers.
Some 400 participants from over 20 countries answered the call for submissions, from which a shortlist of twenty were invited to present their work at the Théâtre de la Ville. The three finalists each received a cash prize. The winning works were Little Perceptions (France), Gerro Minos & Him (Spain) and Insolents Solistes (France). The audience prize went to Dance is a Dirty Job but Somebody's got to do it (France); the special jury prize went to Rimshot (France).